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A ROADSHOW event showcasing new approaches to HIV treatment and its prevention was rolled out over two weeks across 8 locations in Queensland from 25 July to 4 August, 2016.

Hosted by the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) as a series of Queensland HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP) accredited dinner meetings across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Bundaberg – these meetings provided updates on state, national and international policy, program and clinical developments in the rapidly evolving landscape of HIV TasP, consisting of early treatment; post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

“The Roadshow along with educating local health professionals about this new evidence and approach is an important step in helping Queensland reach the UN's targets for HIV awareness, prevention and transmission,” said HIVFQ chairman Dr Darren Russell.

"To end new transmissions of HIV, there must be a multi-faceted approach with support from the medical fraternity and wider community. Through our TasP Roadshow we hope to see health care providers asking themselves, 'Do I know the HIV status of my patients?' and 'How can I best support my patients who require life-long HIV treatment?'” 

The roadshow was joined by other Queensland and Australian peers – including ASHMQueensland Positive People, and Assoc Prof. James Ward from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) as one of the headline Australian speakers. The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) focused their community engagement at educating health professionals particularly Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services – a job made more urgent because of the spike in STI and HIV among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland over past 12 months.

Key international presenters from the Positive People of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS who included, Assistant director, Dr Rolando Barrios, and director of operations, Ms Irene Day, shared how their reconsidered approach to the virus has helped their own communities to dramatically reduce rates of transmission.

Alongside the Roadshow, community forums that included clinic and hospital meetings were scheduled to inform local health professionals about how treatment for people living with HIV as soon as possible improves individual health and prevents the onward transmission of the virus.  Among the presenters were Assoc Prof. James Ward, Dr Rolando Barrios and Simon Doyle Adams (Cairns) speaking about the QPrep'd trial which has recently expanded from the pilot phase of 50 enrolments to 2000 enrolments.   

 

Further Media Links

VIDEO: Dr. Julio Montaner of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS delivers key messages on Reaching Key Populations Groups

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) on 20 July 2016:  PRESS RELEASE Roadshow addresses Queensland spike in HIV infection

The Chronicle on 24 July 2016:  Roadshow redefines approach to HIV in Toowoomba

Apunipima Cape York Health Council on 15 August 2016:  INTERVIEW Irene Day and Dr Rolando Barrios at the Wuchopperen Health Service workshop on 1 August

News Mail on 5 August 2016:  Taking the fight to HIV in Bundy

The Morning Bulletin on 11 August 2016 by Emma Clarke:  VIDEO Could Queensland lead the way in eliminating HIV

 

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Above:  Participants of the Queensland HIV TasP Roadshow in Cairns (kindly reproduced from British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)